With an area of 858,07 km², Pärnu is the biggest municipality in Estonia, almost as big as Berlin (892 km²). Pärnu’s area places it in the top 100 in the world, ahead of such giants as Milan, Athens, Vienna, Buenos Aires, Barcelona, Toronto, and Hamburg, as well as Copenhagen, Stockholm, and Amsterdam. Regardless of the large area, however, the density of the population of Pärnu is only 60 people per square kilometer.
This medieval city has an easygoing and romantic flair to it. Being the largest resort in Estonia, Pärnu is also home to a variety of spas, from large water parks to more intimate and historical bathhouses. Long, white sandy beaches, shallow waters, and “the best sun in Estonia” attract Estonians and visiting guests alike. The beautiful beach promenade is ideal for walking, cycling, and roller skating, with playgrounds, water fountains, and play areas offering days full of fun and joy for children. If you are feeling adventurous, try water skiing, yachting, or paddling a canoe or a kayak down the Pärnu river to the open sea and nearby islets.